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Horatio Nelson

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Horatio Nelson, by Friedrich Heinrich Füger, 1800 - NPG 73 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Horatio Nelson

by Friedrich Heinrich Füger
oil on canvas, 1800
26 3/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (679 mm x 502 mm)
Purchased, 1859
Primary Collection
NPG 73

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This is the only known image of Nelson in civilian dress. Both he and his mistress Emma Hamilton sat to Füger shortly after their arrival in Vienna from Naples in 1800, after the victorious Battle of the Nile (1798). By that time, Nelson's fame was quite phenomenal and the couple were followed by thousands wherever they went. Each city they visited held grand celebrations. Prague was illuminated for his forty-second birthday and a special black cape with colourful trimmings invented and named after him.

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